State Government tight-lipped on possible location of new northern prison

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The State Government has promised to build a new prison in the state’s North to take pressure off Risdon Prison. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

A SHORTLIST of possible sites for the state’s second prison is yet to be made public two months after they were presented to the State Government.

The Government announced last year it would build a $270 million correctional facility in the North to cater for 270 prisoners and take pressure off Hobart’s Risdon Prison.

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Corrections Minister Elise Archer previously said 10 sites were submitted through an expressions of interest process and were considered by a siting panel.

A Government spokeswoman said on Wednesday the panel had assessed the submissions and provided a shortlist to the Government in March.

“The Government has committed to a public consultation process on the site for the new northern prison, which will begin in the second half of this year,” the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman did not say if the shortlist would be revealed or when the location was expected to be announced.

Almost half of the inmates in Risdon Prison are from the North or North-West.

The new prison is expected to be constructed in two stages. The first stage will provide 140 beds and is due to open in late 2022.

The EOI process closed in November with councils, utility companies, the community and property sector groups invited to take part.

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